Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have been referred to the Office of Academic Integrity. What happens next?

The process for resolving a potential Honor Code violation is outlined here.

2.What do I need to do to prepare for my meeting with the Office of Academic Integrity?

During your meeting with the Office of Academic Integrity, your hearing officer will tell you the nature of the referral and show you any supplemental materials (tests, papers, SafeAssign reports) that were provided by your professor. If you have any additional information (i.e. notes) you think may not be included by your professor, please feel free to bring this information. If you believe someone witnessed the incident in question, please bring this individual's contact information to your meeting.

3. How long does the process take?

The length of the process can vary depending on the complexity of the case and whether the you request a panel hearing. When cases involve multiple students, often you will meet with the conduct administrator more than once to determine a resolution.

4. Can I bring someone with me to the meeting?

Yes. You can bring another person to the meeting with you. That person can be a family member, a friend, lawyer, adviser, or other individual. Due to space concerns, please only bring one individual to your meeting. You are responsible for your guest's conduct. Please note that behavior that disrupts the orderly progression of the meeting or intimidates or harasses the meeting participants will not be tolerated. If you would like to bring another individual to your meeting, you will need to fill out a Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Consent to Release Information. The FERPA form is located here

5. What are the possible sanctions for a violation of the University of South Carolina Honor Code?

Penalties range from an educational intervention to suspension for a definite period of time (not less than one semester) to permanent expulsion. Combinations of penalties are possible. For most first offenses of the Honor Code, the sanctions are designed to be educational in nature and help students learn from mistakes.The above are disciplinary penalties. The professor of the course may exact a grade penalty of his or her choosing, including assigning an F grade for the course or assignment.